Start with these 5 brilliant eateries before searching out your own gems…
Polpo in Soho for authentic Venetian food
This bàcaro (that's a humble Venetian restaurant serving simple grub, FYI) serves delicious meatballs, fish and a to-die-for Nutella pizetta for dessert. Get there early to avoid long queues.
Franco Manca for the best Neapolitan-style pizza
For the best sourdough pizza in the whole land (we think) visit one of Franca Manca's six London hotspots.
Traditional home cooked Italian favourites at Zucca
This modern, contemporary restaurant serves food that might be found on an old-school Italian mama's table. The menu changes daily, but you'll have a choice of antipasti, pasta, secondi and dessert. Yum.
Regional specialities and seasonal ingredients at Bocca di Lupo
The menu of this well-established foodie destination tells you which region of Italy your dish originated in. We love the blood orange, red onion and oregano salad.
Assaggi for Sicilian braised meat and steak
The small but perfectly formed Assaggi restaurant above a bustling bar boasts a menu entirely in Italian, lovingly presented by the maitre d'. Think fresh king scallops, pork, rabbit, duck and cuttlefish.
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